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Maryland Astronomer Spots Sinkhole on Pluto

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Image of Pluto via JHU APL/NASA/Southwest Research Institute
Image of Pluto via JHU APL/NASA/Southwest Research Institute

We’ve had lots of sinkholes in the area lately, from the middle of the city in Mt. Vernon to the neighborhoods of Rodgers Forge. So it’s fitting in this year of the sinkhole that s Maryland astronomer is even seeing one in the heart of Pluto.

Pluto’s Heart Is Mysterious, Vast and Icy, Just Like Yours

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Last week’s images from the Johns Hopkins APL-controlled New Horizons spacecraft revealed a romantic, heart-shaped formation on Pluto. Awww!

Pluto Flyby Sends Back Amazing, Historic Pictures

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Image of Pluto via JHU APL/NASA/Southwest Research Institute
Image of Pluto via JHU APL/NASA/Southwest Research Institute

If planets had feelings (and who’s to say they don’t?), I imagine Pluto would be pretty pleased with all the attention it’s getting these days. The last time anyone cared this much about Pluto was back when it got demoted from planet to dwarf planet; this week, though, Pluto is making headlines for a much more exciting reason.

Pluto Is a Romantic, Johns Hopkins APL Images Show

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Image via JHU APL/NASA/Southwest Research Center

We won’t get the real download of images from New Horizons‘s Pluto flyby for a little while now, but some of the preliminary pictures sent back by the Johns Hopkins-controlled spacecraft are already revealing some surprises.

Are You Planning Your Pluto Party Yet? Space Probe Nears Distant Planet

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Nearly a decade ago, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab waved goodbye to the New Horizons spacecraft as it set out on a journey far away. Very far away. More than a billion miles away, in fact. And next week, New Horizons will finally reach its most distant point: Pluto.

Johns Hopkins APL Has New Pictures of Pluto

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Poor Pluto. Once considered the solar system’s ninth planet, it recently got demoted to “large object” status.

JHU-Built Probe Nears Pluto

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Photo via Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab/Southwest Research Institute
Photo via Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab/Southwest Research Institute

Yes, the movie Interstellar–which features a spacecraft entering a wormhole in the vicinity of Saturn, and zipping over into another galaxy–is fiction. But NASA is currently in the process of sending a a probe three billion (!!) miles through deep space in order to gain more information about Pluto and its moons.

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